About 3 weeks ago, I tried my first cupcake from Cake Love (in Silver Spring). I had heard and read about the owner and the cupcakes for years. I was expecting something really earthshaking. I must admit that I was very disappointed. A second trip to the place last week didn't change my mind.
The cupcakes that I had (one vanilla with chocolate buttercream frosting and a chocolate with a cream cheese frosting) were terrible. The cakes were dense, glutinous, and bland. My second cupcake was extremely dry. (So much so that I needed some water to swallow it.) I could tell that they were made from scratch, but this isn't a plus if the ingredients aren't prepared properly. These cupcakes had such a course, non-delicate crumb.
Both frostings were awful. They seemed watery and whipped up with air. It was also a bit sad to see the thin layer of frosting just slopped onto the cupcake with a spatula. (No attempt at piping.) This is the type of thing that I'm used to seeing at a community bake sale.
I can't understand how people would rave on about these cupcakes, especially when they cost $3.50 a pop.
Did I just catch these guys on a bad day (or two)?